When you’re thinking of having a pool installed for your home, the main decision to make is what type of pool you want. Right now, there are three types available on the market.
Concrete pools are custom-built and can be molded into any size or shape. They are often called gunite or shotcrete pools, because concrete is applied by being shot from a “cement gun” onto steel-reinforced walls. Once the concrete dries, there are several options: it can be plastered smooth, painted, finished with a textured aggregate surface or have tiles placed over it. An alternative to the gun method is to have the pool formed similar to how house foundations are laid down. This is usually done when the pool is on a hillside, to ensure stability.
Vinyl pools are built by attaching the vinyl liner to a reinforced frame made of steel, aluminum, or non-corrosive polymer. They can be easily constructed, usually within one to three weeks, but are easily damaged by pets, sharp object, and even pool toys.
Fiberglass pools are tougher. Built by simply inserting a factory-molded fiberglass shell into a hole, installation can easily be done within a day. However, because of its pre-molded nature, it only comes in a few shapes and sizes. It also has a higher price tag than the other options.